Whether you participate in competitive or recreational sporting activities, keeping you healthy and injury free is of utmost importance to you being able to perform to your best.
Book an appointment with our sports therapist who can provide advice and treatments on:
- Prevention of injuries
- Recognition & Evaluation
- Management, Treatment & Referral
Getting treatment for sporting injuries will help you recover quicker, reduce further damage and relieve aches and pains.
Sports Massage, whether you are training regularly, injured or in rehabilitation.
Massage stimulates blood flow, which increases the oxygen and nutrients circulated to muscles. In addition to a faster recovery rate, this will help maintain your overall muscle health, preventing injury as the muscles are less likely to weaken and fatigue.
Strains and sprains
Strains are the result of damage to muscles and tendons, whereas a sprain is damage to ligaments. Sprains typically have a longer recovery period.
Most strains are minor and heal naturally with rest however massage treatments can help improve recovery time and help with pain and discomfort.
More serious injuries to ankles, knees, wrist and elbow will take longer to heal than strains, and sometimes require immobilization to protect against further injury.
Sprains can leave the ligament weak and susceptible to future injury, it may be an idea to use a brace or support to assist weakened areas.
Repetition Injuries – Tennis elbow
Repitition injuries are caused by any activity where your body repeats the same movement for a prolonged period of time. Tennis elbow is the most common example of this type of injury – a straining of the ligaments in the elbow due to overuse and repetitive activity.
The best way to avoid it is to pace yourself. Take breaks, do other activities, and always warm up and stretch before playing.
Plantar fasciitis and shin splints
Plantar fasciitis and shin splints are a common injury experienced by runners and are usually a result of the repetitive action involved in running.
Improved support equipment can help with this condition but rest and therapy is usually also required.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of a tendon in the arch of the foot, causing sharp pain.
Shin splints are an inflammation of the muscles in the lower leg caused by repeated stress and high impacts.
Back injuries and pain
The best way to avoid back pain and injury is to keep your back muscles strong, however due to the nature of almost all sporting activities injuries do occur as a result of twisting or jarring.
Over time stress may accumulate into inflammation around the vertebrae and back muscles, sometimes causing injuries to the discs and frequently causing upper or lower back pain.
Back treatments vary widely depending on the condition, ranging from rest to physical therapy to surgery.